Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the amount a salary is increased
    he got a wage hike
  2. (noun, object) an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
  3. (noun, act) increasing the size of a bet (as in poker)
  4. (noun, act) the act of raising something
    fireman learn several different raises for getting ladders up
  5. (verb, change) raise the level or amount of something
    raise the price of bread
  6. (verb, motion) raise from a lower to a higher position
    Lift a load
  7. (verb, communication) cause to be heard or known; express or utter
    raise a protest
    raise a sad cry
  8. (verb, possession) collect funds for a specific purpose
  9. (verb, creation) cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
    They produce good ham in Parma
    We grow wheat here
    We raise hogs here
  10. (verb, social) bring up
    bring up children
  11. (verb, creation) summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    he conjured wild birds in the air
    call down the spirits from the mountain
  12. (verb, motion) move upwards
  13. (verb, creation) construct, build, or erect
  14. (verb, emotion) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
    raise a smile
    evoke sympathy
  15. (verb, creation) create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise
    raise the roof
    raise Cain
  16. (verb, change) raise in rank or condition
  17. (verb, change) increase
    heighten the tension
  18. (verb, social) give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
    Women tend not to advance in the major law firms
    I got promoted after many years of hard work
  19. (verb, motion) cause to puff up with a leaven
  20. (verb, competition) bid (one's partner's suit) at a higher level
  21. (verb, competition) bet more than the previous player
  22. (verb, competition) cause to assemble or enlist in the military
    recruit new soldiers
  23. (verb, communication) put forward for consideration or discussion
    bring up an unpleasant topic
  24. (verb, communication) pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
  25. (verb, communication) activate or stir up
  26. (verb, communication) establish radio communications with
  27. (verb, cognition) multiply (a number) by itself a specified number of times: 8 is 2 raised to the power 3
  28. (verb, change) bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project
  29. (verb, change) invigorate or heighten
    lift his ego
  30. (verb, change) put an end to
    raise a siege
  31. (verb, body) cause to become alive again
    Slavery is already dead, and cannot be resurrected
    Upraising ghosts

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Raise

level, lower

Alternate forms of Raise

Derivations: raise, raiser, raising

Hyponyms: anathemise, anathemize, anger, ask for, bedamn, beshrew, bless, boost, brevet, bring forward, bring up, bruise, bump up, call up, carry, chin, chin up, cradle, curse, damn, dignify, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, double, doubling, draw, ennoble, entitle, erect, exalt, excite, favor, favour, fire up, fledge, foster, fund raise, fund-raise, fundraise, gather up, gentle, get up, heat, heighten, hike, hike up, hoist, hurt, ignite, imprecate, infatuate, inflame, injure, interest, invite, jack, jack up, keep, kick up, leaven, levitate, lift, lift up, maledict, offend, overcome, overpower, overproduce, overtake, overwhelm, pick up, pinnacle, potentiate, prefer, prick, prove, pump, raise, rear, rekindle, run up, shake, shake up, shame, shoulder, skid, spite, spot promote, stimulate, stir, stir up, strike a chord, sweep over, tenure, touch a chord, trice, trice up, underlay, untune, uphill, upset, wake, whelm, wind, wound

Hypernyms: actuation, advert, alter, ameliorate, amend, articulate, assign, bet, better, bid, bring out, bring up, build, call, change, cite, collect, compound, construct, contact, create, cultivate, deepen, delegate, depute, designate, displace, draft, elevate, end, enlist, enounce, enunciate, express, gamble, get hold of, get through, get up, give tongue to, heighten, improve, incite, incline, increase, increment, instigate, intensify, lift, make, meliorate, mention, modify, move, multiply, muster in, name, play, pronounce, propulsion, raise, reach, refer, resuscitate, revive, say, set off, side, slope, sound out, stir up, take in, terminate, utter, verbalise, verbalize, wager

Origin of the word Raise

  1. c.1200, from O.N. reisa "to raise," from P.Gmc. *raizjan (cf. Goth. ur-raisjan, O.E. r?ran "to rear," see rear (v.)), causative of base *ris- "to rise" (see rise). At first sharing many senses with native rear (v.). Used in most of the varied modern senses since M.E.; some later evolutions include "to bring up" (a child), 1744; "to elev… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Raise

r.c., race, raceway, rachis, rachischisis, rack, racy, rag, rag week, rage, ragee, ragi, ragusa, raj, raja, rajah, rake

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